Dr Diana Petkova


I joined Kingston University in 2006 to work on my PhD and became a lecturer in 2009. I am currently a senior lecturer and a module leader of CE4013 Structural mechanics  and Engineering materials, CE5013 Structural Engineering 1 and Construction materials, CE6611 Structural engineering 2 and Geotechnical engineering 2. I teach Design of RC elements, Design of timber elements, Structural mechanics, Structural analysis. I am on the teaching team of CE7112 Structural Design in concrete and steel.

My research interests include: effect of elevated and high temperatures on structures, strengthening of RC structures, FRP reinforcement and engineered timber elements, durability and sustainability of new structural elements, FE modelling with ANSYS.

Academic responsibilities

Senior lecturer


  • 2006: University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria :MEng in Transportation Engineering, specialization
  • 2010: Kingston University London, UK, PhD. in Civil Engineering

Teaching and learning


I am interested in the effect of elevated and high temperatures and fire on structural elements, strengthening and design. Currently working on FRP strengthened structural elements, FRP as internal reinforcement, engineered timber elements, durability and petrographic analysis of materials.

Areas of specialism

  • FRP strengthening of structures
  • FRP as internal reinforcement
  • Engineered timber elements
  • Elevated and high temperatures
  • Finite element modelling

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 12.


Akhundzada, Hikmatullah, Donchev, Ted and Petkova, Diana (2019) Strengthening of slab-column connection against punching shear failure with CFRP laminates. Composite Structures, 208, pp. 656-664. ISSN (print) 0263-8223

Petkova, Diana, Donchev, Ted and Wen, Jennifer (2014) Experimental study of the performance of CFRP strengthened small scale beams after heating to high temperatures. Construction and Building Materials, 68, pp. 55-61. ISSN (print) 0950-0618

Book Section

Petkova, D., Donchev, T. and Wen, J. (2009) FE modelling of the effect of elevated temperatures on the anchoring of CFRP laminates. In: Limbachiya, Mukesh C. and Kew, Hsein Y., (eds.) Excellence in concrete construction through innovation. London, U.K. : Taylor & Francis. pp. 351-355. ISBN 9780415475921

Conference or Workshop Item

Pavlovic, Ana, Donchev, Ted, Petkova, Diana, Limbachiya, Mukesh and Almuhaisen, Refad (2019) Pretensioned BFRP reinforced concrete beams : flexural behaviour and estimation of initial prestress losses. In: Concrete Solutions 2019 – 7th International Conference on Concrete Repair; 30 Sep - 02 Oct 2019, Cluj Napoca, Romania.

Mirshekari, M., Donchev, T., Petkova, D. and Limbachiya, M. (2016) Differences in losses of prestress between steel and FRP reinforcement. In: 6th International Conference on Concrete Repair; 20-23 Jun 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Mirshekari, M., Donchev, T., Petkova, D. and Limbachiya, M. (2015) Influence of the degree of prestressing on the behaviour of BFRP reinforced beams. In: The 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-12) & The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures (APFIS-2015); 14-16 Dec 2015, Nanjing, China.

Tavallaee, Mahmood, Donchev, Ted, Petkova, Diana, Hadavinia, Homayoun and Mirshekari, Mohammad (2014) Bi-directional strengthening of two-way spanning reinforced concrete slabs using fiber reinforced polymers. In: The 7th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2014); 20 - 22 Aug 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

Petkune, N., Donchev, T., Petkova, D., Hadavinia, H., Limbachiya, M.C. and Hussein, Y. (2012) Opportunities for strengthening of damaged steel shear walls. In: 1st International Conference on Civil Engineering Infrastructure Based on Polymer Composites; 22 - 23 Nov 2012, Krakow, Poland.

Petkova, D. and Donchev, T. (2011) Residual strength of CFRP strengthened beams after heating and cooling. In: Concrete Solutions 2011, 4th International Conference on Concrete Repair; 26-28 Sep 2011, Dresden, Germany.

Petkova, D., Donchev, T. and Wen, J. (2008) FE modelling of the effect of elevated temperatures on the anchoring of CFRP laminates. In: International Conference on Concrete Construction; 9-10 September 2008, Kingston-upon-Thames, U.K.. ISBN 9780415475921

Petkova, Diana, Donchev, T., Wen, J., Etebar, K. and Hadavinia, H. (2007) Effect of elevated temperatures on the bond between FRP and concrete. In: Interflam 2007: 11th International Fire Science and Engineering Conference; 3-5 Sept 2007, London, U.K.. (Conference Proceedings Volumes 1 & 2 interflam 2007) ISBN 9780955654800


Petkova, Diana (2010) Behaviour of RC beams strengthened with CFRP laminates at elevated temperatures. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, uk.bl.ethos.531354.

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